The S&P 500 has quietly put together a string of four consecutive modestly-positive quarters—up nearly 13% for that stretch. Volatility in the most recent quarter was almost non-existent. The only sector not trading with a LTM P/E above its five-year median is Consumer Discretionary.
We made it through the entire month of August without a 1% daily move (in either direction) for the S&P 500. We have to go back to July 8th, 42 trading days, to find the last 1% move. This is the sixth longest streak without a 1% move since 1979.
With the first month of Q2 2016 earnings reports in the books, our Up/Down Ratio sports a reading of 1.55. While still well below average, it is head and shoulders above the past five “one-month” ratios.
With Small Caps outperforming in July, our Ratio of Ratios bounced off its 13-year low. Small Caps are now selling at a 2% valuation discount relative to Large Caps using non-normalized trailing operating earnings.